Legislative Update - September 22, 2022

Legislative Updates,

Chula Vista Tenant Protection Ordinance Delayed Yet Again

The Chula Vista City Council was scheduled to vote on its Tenant Protection Ordinance on September 27. However, the city council has yet again postponed until next month, possibly October 25, but the hearing date has not been confirmed. SCRHA will announce the hearing date and if new changes have been made to the ordinance. SCRHA thanks you for your continued engagement and support. Click here to sign up for SCRHA action alerts.

San Diego City Council Approves 3% Increase for Water Rates

The San Diego City Council met on Tuesday to discuss the rate adjustment and get public feedback on increasing the water rates. The city said the increase was necessary because the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) continues to be impacted by rising costs associated with generating and importing water into the region. The San Diego City Council unanimously passed the increase. Customers will see their monthly service and water commodity charges increase by 3% starting on January 1, 2023. Read more

New State Law Prohibits Employers from Discriminating Against Workers Who Use Cannabis

On Sunday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 2188, a bill that will prohibit an employer from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalizing a person based on their use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace. Exceptions are made for pre-employment drug screening, as specified, or upon an employer-required drug screening test that has found the person to have non-psychoactive cannabis metabolites in their hair, blood, urine, or other bodily fluids.

Although construction firms and contractors are exempt under the law, SCRHA opposed the bill because it may complicate a company's ability to take action against employees violating a workplace's cannabis policies or working impaired at a job site. The law takes effect on January 1, 2024. Learn more.

September 30 is the deadline for Governor Newsom to sign or veto legislation passed by the Legislature before September 1 and in the Governor's possession on or after September 1. Click here for more SCRHA legislative updates.